Powder Horn

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Unknown Maker
Production date
19th Century
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Animal horn, brass
7" (17.8cm)
This unmarked powder flask was made in nineteenth-century France. French powder flasks differed from those made in England and the United States in several ways. The easiest way to identify whether an unmarked flask is French is through the presence of a charger with metric measurements. The designs on French powder flasks also tend to be more finely crafted and detailed than those found on English or American items. Finally, French makers tended to craft flasks out of zinc more often than their counterparts elsewhere. Horn-type flasks like this object were made in numerous different countries, but the unique cross-spring brass charger design reveals a French origin.

Gunpowder was sold in bulk and gunpowder flasks were used to carry gunpowder when out in the field.
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